In her first State of the State address since scandal chased John G. Rowland from office and left her as governor, M. Jodi Rell Wednesday challenged the General Assembly to pass ethics and campaign reforms in the next month.
"I believe there exists, within all branches of government, both the consensus and the political will necessary for reform," Rell said. "We've been talking about reform for months. Let's just do it.".."Opening day is like having a newborn child. When he's born, you think he'll be president of the United States. Eighteen years later, you're trying to keep him out of jail," said Rep. Robert Farr, R-West Hartford. "Five months from now, we'll be struggling to get a budget out and hope that we can leave with our dignity."
None of it was planned, not the 10-year legislative career, not the 9½ years as John G. Rowland's lieutenant governor, not the six months as one of the most popular governors in Connecticut history, not the past two weeks as a cancer patient. But M. Jodi Rell always has adapted to the adventure of her 58 years, somehow choosing the right fork in the road, even if she always did want one last peek at the map.
Rell is a maker of lists, a weigher of options. She can drive her chief of staff, M. Lisa Moody, to distraction, demanding more data, more facts when the time comes to make a decision. She refused to name anyone to the State Ethics Commission without time-consuming background checks, even though the commission was slowly imploding. Last month, the day after she decided against granting a reprieve to Michael Ross, she awoke at 4:15 a.m. and rehashed in her mind all that she had read about the serial killer and his victims...Story in full at Courant.